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The Origins and Birthday of Podcasting

Sunday, September 24, 2006
According to Dave Winer, yesterday (23rd Sept) was the third birthday of podcasting in form, if not in name. Getting the exact 'origin' of podcasting (as a name or a form) is hard to be precise about, not least of all because the two people most commonly thought to be responsible for parenting podcasting -- Winer and self-anointed 'podfather' Adam Curry -- had a fairly major and quite public falling out (and have very different visions of the role and future of podcasts). Even Robert Scoble thinks he might have gotten it wrong in Naked Conversations.

Perth tech-guru Richard Giles recently mentioned that he was commissioned to write a longer book on podcasting, which was trimmed by the editors down to the Podcasting Pocket Guide. The unused segments have now returned to Richard's control, and he's just blogged the previously unpublished first chapter in three parts at Clique. The first part ends thus:
Over the years broadcasting has become a complicated and expensive business, with government restrictions, industry politics, large license fees, and expensive broadcasting equipment. Podcasting on the other hand is cheap; comparatively the cost is minuscule. There are no legislations that govern a podcaster, other than copyright, and for these reasons alone podcasting is a fascinating and fast paced medium.

Richard's done a great job at capturing that first year when podcasting really hit the scene (September 2004 - 2005) and if you're interested, I recommend Richard's version of the tale: part 1; part 2; part 3.

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At 9/24/2006 08:49:00 pm, Anonymous Richard Giles said...

Thanks Tama.

I spent a lot of time researching, so I reckon I nailed most of it.


At 9/24/2006 09:55:00 pm, Blogger Tama said...

I reckon you did, too. :)


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